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This England is the quarterly magazine for all who love our green and pleasant land and are unashamedly proud of their English roots. Published since 1968 the magazine has now become one of England’s best loved magazines and has a readership of over 115,000 people from around the world. As well as being popular in England it outsells all other British heritage magazines in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and is sent to readers in every country of the world. Published in Cheltenham, in the heart of picturesque Gloucestershire, the magazine is edited, printed and despatched direct from England. Subscribe today and celebrate all that is best about England and the English way of life.

English Diary WINTER

English Diary WINTER 2017 1 NOVEMBER © Illustration by Quentin Blake from The Folio Society edition of The Hunting of the Snark. An Agony, in Eight Fits by Lewis Carroll, 1976. Exhibition: “The Artful Book: 70 Years of The Folio Society”, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL. The Folio Society has been producing beautifully illustrated editions of the world’s greatest books since 1947. They believe that the literary content of a book should be matched by its physical form and this exhibition celebrates the Society’s rich legacy. To 28th January 2018. www.vam.ac.uk 17 22 Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH. Skate on the largest outdoor ice rink in the UK or visit a world full of magical ice sculptures. Have a drink in an Ancient Greek temple made entirely of ice or take a ride on the Great Observation Wheel. These are just a few of the many attractions on offer. To 1st January 2018. Further details visit hydeparkwinterwonderland.com Christmas at Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, London TW9 3AE. A mile-long trail through the famous botanic garden lit with more than 60,000 lights. Highlights include a choir of Christmas trees, a sparkling tunnel of light, giant baubles, Santa and a spectacular light, music and water display in front of the Palm House. To 1st January 2018. Tel: 0208 332 5655; www.kew.org 1 DECEMBER 11 YORKMIX Living Advent Calendar, various venues, York. Twentyfive locations in the city reveal a different window display each day. Vote for your favourite and the winning business gets £1,000 to give to a charity of their choosing. To 25th. www.visityork.org Christmas Tree Festival, St. Mary’s Church, 8 Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE13 1AE. Now in its 15th year, this is the largest festival of decorated trees in the country. There will be hundreds of originally themed trees designed by schools, businesses and organisations. To 5th. Tel: 01664 565798. GRAHAM GOUGH Grassington Dickensian Festival, Grassington, Yorkshire. This lovely village in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales turns back the clock to the Victorian era with shopkeepers and villagers donning period costumes. There will be a torchlit Nativity procession, street entertainment, Christmas market — and of course Santa will be there too. 11am–5pm. To 10th. www. grassingtondickensian.co.uk Santa Specials, Swanage Railway, Station House, Station Approach, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1HB. A ride on a steam train with a present for every child and the chance to meet Santa make this a special festive treat. Running at weekends and some weekdays to 24th. Further details from www.swanagerailway.co.uk 15 Exhibition: “Monochrome: Painting in Black and White”, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN. The first major exhibition of the art of “grisaille” — painting using predominantly black and white pigments. Case studies reveal where and when this style was used from early religious works to paintings emulating sculpture or other media such as photography and film. The exhibition includes paintings on glass, vellum, silk and wood by such famous artists as Rembrandt and Picasso. To 18th February 2018. www.nationalgallery.org.uk Christmas Fair, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP18 0JH. More than 60 exhibitors offering a selection of festive food and unusual gifts. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am–6pm. To 10th December. Tel: 01296 820414. 27 30 Lancashire Day. County-wide celebrations from the River Duddon in the north to the River Mersey in the south. For details of events see www.forl.co.uk Newburgh Priory Christmas Fair, Newburgh, Coxwold, North Yorkshire YO61 4AS. A charity event in support of juvenile arthritis, this fair offers a wide range of gifts, art, Christmas trees and decorations. Tel: 01347 868372. 12 Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair, Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln LN2 2NA. One of the largest Christmas fairs in the country with more than 150 exciting and varied stands — all indoors! With locally produced food and gifts this is the perfect chance to stock up on festive gifts and food. Other attractions include hands-on crafts, children’s activities in Santa’s workshop, cookery demonstrations, and entertainment from choirs. Open 9am–4pm. To 3rd. Further details and tickets visit https:// lincolnshireshowground.co.uk 16 12 Christmas Tree Festival, St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Upper Church Lane, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PW. More than 100 decorated trees, musical entertainment and refreshments. Open 10am–5pm (Sunday 12–5pm). To 10th. www.standrewsfarnham.org London International Horse Show, Olympia, Hammersmith, London W14 8UX. World-class equestrian competition and outstanding displays. Attractions include dog agility, Shetland Pony Grand National and demonstrations of harmony between horse and rider by the Chilean Huasos. To 18th. Tel: 0871 230 5580. 76 THIS ENGLAND, Winter, 2017

21 Burning the Clocks, Madeira Drive, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 1PS. Marking the shortest day of the year, all shapes and sizes of lanterns are paraded through the streets before being burnt on the beach. Parade starts at 6.30pm with a firework finale to celebrate the start of longer days. Tel: 01273 571106. 24 Christmas Eve Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, King’s College Chapel, King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST. First broadcast in 1928, the service is now heard by millions around the world. The opening carol is always “Once in Royal David’s City” and the service always includes a new, specially commissioned carol. There are limited seats so hours of queuing will be necessary. Starts 3pm. Tel: 01223 331100. 25 Christmas Day Peter Pan Cup Race, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH. Members of the Serpentine Swimming Club swim their traditional 100yd Christmas Day race. The competition has been held since 1864 and the swimmers compete for a cup that was donated by J.M. Barrie in 1904. The race takes place from the south bank of the lake and starts at 9am. 26 Boxing Day MATTHEW ANDREWS Fireworks Spectacular, River Thames, London. The London Eye and the riverbanks are transformed at the stroke of midnight by a dazzling display. Please note: This popular event is ticketed, available from www.london.gov.uk/nye 18 19 Floodlit Swan Suppers, WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire GL2 7BT. Experience the sight and sound of hundreds of swans on a floodlit lake before enjoying a two-course meal. To 20th. Tel: 01453 891223. 1 FEBRUARY 13 MATTHEW ANDREWS Lumiere London, various venues, London. See the capital in a whole new light as more than 40 world-class UK and international artists illuminate public spaces on both sides of the Thames. This free event is designed to lift the spirits in the dark days of winter and includes Westminster Abbey, The National Theatre, King’s Cross, Covent Garden and Waterloo. To 21st. Snowdrop Open Days, Colesbourne Park, Colesbourne, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 9NP. Described as “England’s greatest snowdrop garden” by Country Life. There are 350 varieties set in 10-acre gardens. To 4th. Also open 10th–11th; 24th–25th and 3rd–4th March. Tel: 01242 870567; www.colesbournegardens.org.uk Boxing Day Dip, Whitby, North Yorkshire. For the last 45 years intrepid swimmers have braved the icy waters of the North Sea to raise money for local charities. Starts 10am. Further details visit www.whitbylions.org 31 New Year’s Eve Winter Festival, Monument — Newcastle City Centre NE1 6JG. A free event with an amazing torchlight procession and many other attractions. From 4.30pm; parade at around 5.15pm with a dazzling firework finale at midnight. Tel: 0191 4405720. 11 10 JANUARY New Year’s Day Parade, Piccadilly to Parliament Square, London. More than 10,000 musicians, dancers, marching bands, historic vehicles and entertainers parade through the streets in this colourful celebration of the new year. Starts 12 noon; www.visitlondon.com London Boat Show, ExCel, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL. More than 500 exhibitors showcase the best in watercraft innovations, equipment and holidays. Boats of all shapes and sizes from kayaks to super-yachts will be on display, and there is also the opportunity to try immersive and interactive experiences. To 14th. Tel: 0844 776 7766. 27 MICHAEL EDWARDS Peace Proms, Echo Arena Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront L3 4FP. A celebration of culture and diversity with the aim of promoting peace and tolerance through music. Tel: 0844 8000 400. Exhibition: “Charles I: King and Collector”, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD. Charles I amassed one of the most extraordinary art collections of the age but after his death this was sold off and scattered around the world. Now, for the first time since the 17th century, masterpieces from this magnificent collection are reunited. To 15th April. Tel: 020 7300 8090; www.royalacademy.org.uk 14 MICHAEL PRESTON/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO Dalston Clowns’ Service, Holy Trinity Church, Beechwood Road, London E8 3DY. The service commemorates the life of Joseph Grimaldi, the “father” of the modern clown. Expect a congregation wearing heavy make-up and baggy trousers and a laughter-filled service complete with squirting flowers and pedal-cars in the nave! Tel: 020 7254 5062. 14 St. Valentine’s Day THIS ENGLAND, Winter, 2017 77